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A healthy twist on the Italian classic “pasta and beans,” this is a perfect dish to fuel cool-weather training.

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A healthy twist on the Italian classic “pasta and beans,” this is a perfect dish to fuel cool-weather training.

Ingredients

½ cup dry whole-wheat elbow macaroni
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
4 oz lean ground turkey
¼ cup carrots, diced
½ cup red potato, diced
¼ cup yellow onion, diced
3 cups low-sodium chicken stock, 100% fat free
1 can cannellini beans, half drained and hand mashed with a fork
¼ tsp crushed red pepper
1 T Italian seasoning
Sea salt, to taste
Romano cheese, to taste

Directions

Cook whole-wheat pasta according to package instructions (approximately 10 minutes), drain and set aside. Add olive oil and turkey to warm pan over medium heat and slowly cook turkey until done. Lower heat to medium-low and add carrot, onion and potato. Cook for 2 minutes. Add chicken stock, cover pan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer until potatoes and carrots are soft, about 10 minutes. Add mashed beans to the pan and stir to combine. Add Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper and sea salt to taste. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, then turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir pasta into soup and serve topped with Romano cheese. Serves 2.

RELATED: What Do I Eat The Night Before A Race?

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30-Minute Countdown: The Post-Workout Snack http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/02/nutrition/30-minute-countdown-post-workout-snack_100415 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/02/nutrition/30-minute-countdown-post-workout-snack_100415#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:00:16 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=100415

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Refuel during the post-workout recovery window to supercharge your next session.

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Refuel during the post-workout recovery window to supercharge your next session.

It’s easy to do—drive to meet a group for a hard workout, spend several minutes chatting afterward, then by the time you make it home to choke down a protein shake, you’ve already missed your chance for optimal refueling. The first few minutes after a workout are critical for replenishing your glycogen stores and repairing your muscles—missing out could hurt the quality of your next workout.

How it works:
The 30 (and some research says up to 45) minutes immediately following a workout has shown to be the time frame that the body can best absorb carbohydrates and protein. After a workout, “your muscles are torn, you’ve used up a lot of your stored carbohydrate or glycogen,” Dallas-based sports dietitian Christina Strudwick says. “Nutrients can enter them a lot easier in that window.” Also that brief timeframe is when levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, are increased and your body’s in a state of tension—“taking that nutrition is what begins to reverse that.” It’s especially critical, she says, if you’re exercising more than 60 minutes, if you’re doing two-a-day workouts (almost unavoidable in triathlon training), or if you have less than 12 hours between training sessions.

Fueling guidelines:
To best take advantage of the recovery window, you need to consume a meal or snack that has a ratio of three or four parts carbohydrate (to replenish glycogen stores, which is what fueled your workout) to one part protein (to repair torn muscle). Ideally, she says, you should be getting about 70–100 grams of carbs, and 20–25 grams of protein (any more protein and your body won’t be able to effectively use it). There’s also a second window—about 2–3 hours after your workout—when you should get in a second snack or meal with a similar carb-to-protein ratio. “After those two refueling times, that’s when you’ve really [nutritionally] recovered from a hard workout,” she says.

Back-up plan:
What if you missed the window? “You still want to get something in as soon as you can,” Strudwick says. Put something in the car for such situations—a small bar, a piece of fruit, a hard-boiled egg, a bottle of chocolate milk or some nuts. You could also start by at least rehydrating—whether it’s water or a sports drink. “Any of those things—sports drink, fruit, a small bar—would start the healing process,” she says.

RELATED: The Importance Of The Post-Workout Snack

Natural Nutrition

Powdered sports drinks aren’t the only way to consume the optimal proportion of nutrients. Dietitian Christina Strudwick recommends these whole-food snacks and meals—each of them meets the ideal 3:1 or 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio—for post-workout refueling.

Smoothie: Greek yogurt + fruit (such as berries and banana) + a little 100 percent juice + spinach

Breakfast tacos: Whole-wheat tortillas + eggs + 2 percent cheese + a little avocado + (on the side) banana or other fruit

PB&B sandwich: Whole-grain bread + peanut butter + banana + (optional) honey

Breakfast sandwich: Whole-wheat English muffin + egg + 2 percent cheese + (on the side) low-fat milk and fruit

Oatmeal bowl: Oats + tablespoon of peanut or almond butter + banana + (on the side) 1–2 eggs

Greek yogurt + fruit

16 ounces low-fat chocolate milk

Simple smoothie: Low-fat milk + fruit

Got chocolate milk?
Corroborating the hype surrounding chocolate milk as a recovery tool, Strudwick says it’s in fact a great recovery choice. “It fits that ratio of three or four parts carbohydrate to one part protein pretty perfectly,” she says. Also, it contains leucine, which is one of the amino acids that’s been shown to best help muscles recover post-workout. Just make sure you go low-fat, she says—whole milk has too much fat and could hinder your recovery.

RELATED: Eat Your Way To Recovery

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3 Inspiring Triathlon Books To Kick Off 2016 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/01/features/3-inspiring-triathlon-books_127415 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/01/features/3-inspiring-triathlon-books_127415#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:43:11 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=127415

Three triathlon books to bring renewed inspiration to your upcoming season.

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Three triathlon books to bring renewed inspiration to your upcoming season.

Triathlon! A Tribute to the World’s Greatest Triathletes, Races and Gear

By Matthew Baird
Quarto, $40, Quartous.com

Read it: For a coffee table-worthy collection of profiles on the sport’s top athletes (both past and present), photos and stories from the best races around the globe and a guide to the evolution of triathlon technology and gear.

Snapshot: “Triathlon may have a short history compared to its single-discipline components of swim, bike and run, but the sport has already packed a treasure trove of iconic moments, athletes, races and kit into its four-decade lifespan. It reached its 40th birthday in 2014, and we felt now was the time to celebrate triathlon in all its grueling, gritty and grandstanding glory.”

RELATED: The 25 Greatest Male Triathletes Of All Time

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What’s On Tap? Six Maple-Flavored Nutrition Picks http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/01/nutrition/maple-flavored-nutrition-picks_127339 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/01/nutrition/maple-flavored-nutrition-picks_127339#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:00:48 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=127339

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You can enjoy maple ingredients and flavors without that tree tap, gooey mess or frostbite. Here are our six product picks.

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You can enjoy maple ingredients and flavors without that tree tap, gooey mess or frostbite. Here are our six product picks.

UnTapped Maple Waffle

Owned by former pro cyclist Ted King, UnTapped started through a successful crowdfunding effort. It now includes stroopwafel-like organic waffles made with pure maple syrup and maple sugar. The result is a buttery, honey graham cracker flavor that tastes great on long rides or as a snack with coffee.
$2.25, Untapped.cc

GU Energy Gel Maple Bacon

Part of GU’s lineup of naturally flavored energy gels, it has a (surprisingly) pleasant savory-sweet taste that could fight flavor fatigue late in a long workout. It’s sweet at the beginning and smoky at the end with a thicker texture than other gels. In addition to carbs, electrolytes and amino acids, it also contains caffeine from green tea extract.
$1.45, Guenergy.com 

DrinkMaple Pure Maple Water

This drink is made with just organic maple water, the liquid that comes straight out of a maple tree. It’s high in nutrients such as manganese and prebiotics and low in sugar, offering a mild flavor with a little punch of sweet that maple lovers will enjoy.
$2.99, Drinkmaple.com

RELATED: 5 Unique Drinks And Their Benefits

SuperSeedz Maple Sugar and Sea Salt

These gourmet shell-free pumpkin seeds are a tasty treat, especially in this salty-sweet flavor combo. Made with pure maple sugar, sea salt and real vanilla extract, the flavor and crunch of these seeds (achieved by dry roasting) won over taste testers. High in protein, iron and other nutrients, they make a filling low-sugar snack on their own or as a topping for oatmeal or yogurt.
$4.99, Superseedz.com

Rumble Supershake coffee bean

We loved the coffee bean flavor of this bottled protein drink thanks to its smooth, drinkable texture—reminiscent of a bottled Frappuccino. We also appreciated the whole-food ingredient list, featuring fair-trade coffee, maple syrup, red beet juice, kale and flaxseed oil. High in protein and fiber, it makes a nutrient-rich meal replacement.
$4.49, Drinkrumble.com

Bobo’s Oat Bars Maple Pecan

Made with gluten-free rolled oats, pecans and natural maple extract, this chewy,
moist bar makes excellent ride fuel or a filling snack. The baked bars have a pleasant texture from the pecans as well as a mild maple sweetness. $2.99, Bobosoatbars.com

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Are you considering doing your first triathlon (or know someone who is)? Our February issue is dedicated to beginner triathletes.

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These brand-new bike lights will help you see and be seen on the roads.

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Four brand-new bike lights will help you see and be seen on the roads.

Light & Motion Urban 800 Fast Charge

Best for: Commutes After Sunset
Designed specifically for keeping commuters safe but also bright enough for singletrack riding, the Urban 800 is compact, considering it puts out an impressive 800 lumens. The new iteration is equipped with rapid recharging technology to juice up in 2.5 hours (as compared to 4.5 hours without), and small amber lights on each side give you extra visibility. A handlebar mount, helmet mount and GoPro mount are included.
$150, Lightandmotion.com

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Loving Right Now: Bare Snacks Crunchy Banana Chips http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/nutrition/loving-right-now-bare-snacks-crunchy-banana-chips_126928 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/nutrition/loving-right-now-bare-snacks-crunchy-banana-chips_126928#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:20:31 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=126928

Our staff is going bananas (sorry, we had to) over the new Bare Snacks Crunchy Banana Chips.

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Our staff is going bananas (sorry, we had to) over the new Bare Snacks Crunchy Banana Chips ($3.99, Baresnacks.com). Available in three tasty flavors—Simply Baked (plain bananas), Cocoa Dusted and Cinnamon—this crunchy snack tastes nothing like the cardboard-like dried banana chips you’re envisioning. The small-batch baking process keeps the bananas sweeter and crispier. Better yet, they’re a great source of carbs and fiber. You can sprinkle them over oatmeal, mix them into homemade trail mix or even give them to your kids as a healthy snack.

RELATED: Using Real Foods For Long Distance Training

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TriathlEats: Pan-Seared Chicken With Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/nutrition/triathleats-pan-seared-chicken-with-lemon-honey-vinaigrette_126820 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/nutrition/triathleats-pan-seared-chicken-with-lemon-honey-vinaigrette_126820#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 20:43:45 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=126820

Pan-Seared Chicken With Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette
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Served with quinoa, garbanzo beans and tomatoes, this high-protein dish makes a flavorful—and filling!—recovery meal.

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Served with quinoa, garbanzo beans and tomatoes, this high-protein dish makes a flavorful—and filling!—recovery meal.

Ingredients for vinaigrette
1 oz white distilled vinegar
2 T honey
Pinch salt and black pepper
1 lemon
6 T olive oil

Ingredients for chicken
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 T olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Ingredients for quinoa
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 T olive oil
Pinch black pepper
½ cup uncooked tri-color quinoa blend
7 oz tomatoes, diced
1 clove garlic, diced

Directions
Add vinegar, honey and salt and pepper to blender. Using a microplane, zest lemon into the container. Cut zested lemon in half and squeeze half lemon into same container (about 1 tablespoon). Place cover on blender and blend. Partially remove cover and slowly add olive oil to vinegar mixture. Set aside. Toss garbanzo beans with olive oil and black pepper in mixing bowl. Spread beans in a single layer on sheet pan. Turn on broiler and place pan in oven, roasting for 10 minutes. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. When cooked, combine tomatoes and garlic with quinoa and roasted garbanzo beans, then set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in sauté pan over medium-high heat. When oil starts to smoke, add chicken (after seasoning with salt and pepper). Brown one side of chicken for 4 minutes and turn over to brown other side, until internal temperature has reached 165 degrees. Add half of quinoa mixture to plate with one cooked chicken breast on top. Drizzle vinaigrette over chicken and quinoa mixture. Serves 2.

Chef Tips
When adding honey to the blender, coat your measuring spoon in olive oil to prevent the honey from sticking to the spoon.

When zesting the lemon with a microplane, make sure you’re getting only the yellow skin, not the white pith, which will make your vinaigrette taste bitter.

RELATED: Roasted Chicken Made Easy

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Spice Up Your Nutrition Game With These 4 Turmeric-Based Products http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/nutrition/spice-up-your-nutrition-game-with-these-4-products_126663 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/nutrition/spice-up-your-nutrition-game-with-these-4-products_126663#comments Wed, 09 Dec 2015 17:35:14 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=126663

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Try one of these for products for a convenient way to rev up your recovery routine.

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The quintessential spice in curry, turmeric is a relative of ginger and has been shown to have a host of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory powers from its active ingredient, curcumin. Try one of these four products for a convenient way to rev up your recovery routine.

Navitas Naturals Superfood+ Turmeric Tamari Almonds

These USDA-certified organic almonds make a satisfyingly healthy savory snack. Made with a light coating of tamari soy sauce, sea salt and turmeric, they’re mostly salty with just a hint of spice—a great way to get the recovery-promoting benefits of turmeric without an overwhelming flavor. But be warned—they can be addicting! $7.99, Navitasnaturals.com

RELATED: 5 Unique Drinks And Their Benefits

Gaia Herbs TurmericBoost: Restore

Kick your post-workout smoothies up a notch with a sprinkle of this herbal supplement, made with turmeric and vanilla chai. An unsweetened powder with a large dose of turmeric (790 milligrams), it’s a little potent mixed simply with straight milk, but it adds some welcome nutritional value to fruit and veggie smoothies. In addition to ingredients such as cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla bean, it also contains a prebiotic blend to promote a healthy digestive system. $30, Gaiaherbs.com

RELATED: 7 Nutrient-Packed Spices

Temple Turmeric Super Light

Made with whole-food ingredients such as hibiscus tea, blueberry purée and ginger, this 40-calorie drink is milder in flavor than Temple’s Elixirs but still has a tangy-sweet, floral taste. Sweetened with agave and stevia, it’s not as sweet as a juice, and the spiciness (and some texture) of the Hawaiian Oana turmeric shines through in a refreshing way. In addition to Hibiscus Berry-Ade, also sold in Lemon Ginger-Ade and Strawberry Lemon-Ade. $3.99, Templeturmeric.com

RELATED: 4 Anti-Inflammatory Ingredeints

Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator

From a line of plant-based sports nutrition products, this post-workout drink is made with a long list of healthful ingredients including sprouted brown rice protein, maca, turmeric and American ginseng. It features a 4-to-1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein. The tropical variety won the taste test (also available in apple berry) for its fruit punch-like flavor and pleasant, clean taste. Mixed with cold water, it’s a refreshing post-workout drink. $30 for 12 single packs, Vegasport.com

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Sneak Peek: Triathlete Magazine’s January 2016 Issue http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/photos/sneak-peek-triathlete-magazines-january-2016-issue_126640 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/photos/sneak-peek-triathlete-magazines-january-2016-issue_126640#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 16:17:58 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=126640

We uncover the nation’s 12 best places to live for triathletes and more in our January issue, on newsstands now.

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Quick Look: Fitbit Surge http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/gear-tech/quick-look-fitbit-surge_126336 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/gear-tech/quick-look-fitbit-surge_126336#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2015 21:00:37 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=126336

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The newest Fitbit fitness tracker does more than count your steps—it’s a complete GPS watch to help you optimize your performance.

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The newest Fitbit fitness tracker does more than count your steps—it’s a complete GPS watch to help you optimize your performance. 

Your daily data syncs automatically with an app on your smart phone, and you also have the option of recording workouts on Strava simultaneously. The Surge helps you track your overall fitness (not just workouts) by monitoring the quality of your sleep and allowing you to log your food through barcode scans.

The large swipe-screen display is simple to use and allows you to easily see real-time stats (distance, time and heart rate) with a quick glance during workouts. You can log running, cycling and other workouts. The only drawback for triathletes is that it doesn’t work for the swim—it’s only sweat-, splash- and rain-proof.

You can also receive text and call notifications so you’re always connected. The battery lasts up to seven days.

Continuously and automatically track your heart rate (strap-free!).

Available in three sizes and three colors, the band can fit a wide range of wrist sizes, and the sleek design transitions from workout to work day without looking too “sporty.”

RELATED: Can Fitness Trackers Benefit Triathletes?

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TriathlEats: Roasted Halibut With Black Lentil Ragout http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/nutrition/triathleats-roasted-halibut-with-black-lentil-ragout_126343 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/nutrition/triathleats-roasted-halibut-with-black-lentil-ragout_126343#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2015 17:30:00 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=126343

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Make this quick-cooking, flavorful dish for a weeknight recovery meal. Ingredients 2 4- to 6-ounce halibut filets, deboned and skinned ½

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Make this quick-cooking, flavorful dish for a weeknight recovery meal.

Ingredients

2 4- to 6-ounce halibut filets, deboned and skinned
½ cup black lentils
2 shallots, minced
2 carrots, diced
1 fennel, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T tomato paste
2 cups vegetable stock
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
2 tsp tarragon, chopped
Olive oil
Kosher salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 250 degrees (convection) or 275 degrees (standard). Heat an ovenproof sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add a splash of olive oil. Season the filets with a generous pinch of kosher salt. Sear the halibut on one side for about 2–3 minutes. Flip the fish over, remove from the heat and set aside. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat and add a splash of olive oil. Add the shallots, carrots and fennel. Sauté for about 5 minutes, then add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Once the garlic is fragrant, add in the tomato paste and stir until well combined. Deglaze the pan by adding the vegetable stock (it will pick up and dissolve anything stuck to the pan). Add in the lentils, thyme and bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer and partially cover. Simmer for 20–30 minutes. As soon as the lentils are simmering, place the halibut in the oven for 20–25 minutes. Remember that the halibut will keep cooking once you pull it out of the oven. Once the lentils are cooked, season with salt. Taste and adjust the seasonings. If you salt before this step, it will take longer to cook. Split the lentil ragout between two plates, top with a halibut filet and chopped tarragon. Serves 2.

Chef tips: To shorten cooking time, soak the lentils the night before in a saltwater solution. Chef Harrell also recommends not eating this the night before a race, as the lentils are high in fiber.

RELATED RECIPE: Crusted Halibut With Kale Salsa Verde

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Ryf To Go After $1 Million This Weekend In Bahrain http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/news/ryf-to-go-after-1-million-this-weekend-in-bahrain_126559 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/12/news/ryf-to-go-after-1-million-this-weekend-in-bahrain_126559#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 17:37:22 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=126559

Switzerland's Daniela Ryf has had an undefeated 2015 season. Can she end her year by taking home a $1 million check? Photo by John David Becker

Ironman world champ Daniela Ryf has a shot at winning $1 million this weekend in Bahrain to cap off a perfect 2015 season.

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The Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship in Bahrain is the culmination of the Triple Crown Series (which also included Challenge Dubai and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Austria). With her victories at both previous races, reigning Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf of Switzerland is the only athlete now eligible to capture the $1 million prize purse for winning all three races in the Triple Crown. However, the first Ironman 70.3 event in the Middle East will be attracting a star-studded pro line-up, and Ryf will face some tough competition this Saturday.

The course
The Bahrain course is a flat and fast point-to-point course that passes by some of the kingdom’s significant new and historical attractions, including the first oil well in the Gulf, the Bahrain International Circuit (home to the Bahrain Gran Prix Formula One race) and the Al Areen Wildlife Park.

The men’s race
Topping the men’s start list is 2014 Ironman World Championship runner-up Ben Hoffman of the U.S. He’ll face athletes such as Canadian Brent McMahon, who a year ago set the record for the fastest Ironman debut at Ironman Arizona (7:55:48); South African James Cunnama, who was fourth in Kona in 2013 and Belgian Bart Aernouts, who was fourth at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship this year. Also look for Switzerland’s Ruedi Wild and Great Britain’s Ritchie Nicholls to be in the mix for podium contention on Saturday.

The women’s race
While the men’s race will see some exciting competition, the story of the day will be whether Ryf can cap off her perfect season by taking home $1 million. She’s won both the Ironman 70.3 and Ironman World Championships this year, in addition to the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt and has an undefeated season. Her Swiss compatriot Caroline Steffen, who’s been on the podium several times in Kona and won several Ironman 70.3 races in 2015, has a solid shot at the Bahrain title, as does Great Britain’s Jodie Swallo, a former Ironman 70.3 world champion who set the course record at Ironman 70.3 South Africa this year. Also look for Britain’s Corinne Abraham and Canada’s Melanie McQuaid to be in the mix, though Ryf appears to be at the top of her game right now.

Pro Men:
Ben Hoffman (USA)
David Plese (SLO)
James Cunnama (RSA)
Ruedi Wild (SUI)
Richie Cunningham (AUS)
Alberto Casadei (ITA)
Christian Hoerper (GER)
Sebastien Joffret (FRA)
Olivier Godart (LUX)
Erik Watson (BHR)
Tomas Renc (CZE)
Charles Martin (FRA)
Albert Molins (ESP)
Kacper Adam (POL)
Zsombor Deak (ROU)
Marek Nemcik (SVK)
Domenico Passuello (ITA)
Bertrand Billard (FRA)
Antony Costes (FRA)
Patrick Dirksmeier (GER)
Mathias Hecht (SUI)
Ritchie Nicholls (GBR)
Brent McMahon (CAN)
Henri Schoeman (RSA)
Bart Aernouts (BEL)
Felipe Manente (BRA)
Michael Davidson (RSA)
Travis Johnston (RSA)

Pro Women:
Daniela Ryf (SUI)
Jodie Swallow (GBR)
Caroline Steffen (SUI)
Corinne Abraham (GBR)
Lucie Zelenkova Reed (SUI)
Asa Lundstrom (SWE)
Laurel Wassner (USA)
Frankie Sanjana (GBR)
Caroline Livesey (GBR)
Melanie McQuaid (CAN)
Carina Bretchers (GER)

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Recapping The Iron Cowboy’s Epic Challenge http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/11/features/recapping-the-iron-cowboys-epic-challenge_126226 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/11/features/recapping-the-iron-cowboys-epic-challenge_126226#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:00:55 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=126226

On July 25, James Lawrence, aka the Iron Cowboy, crossed a finish line in his home state of Utah.

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On July 25, James Lawrence, aka the Iron Cowboy, crossed a finish line in his home state of Utah. It wasn’t just any finish line—it was the conclusion of his 50th iron-distance race in 50 consecutive days in 50 different states, his “50-50-50 challenge.” The 36-year-old currently holds the Guinness World Record for most Ironmans raced in one year (he completed 30 Ironmans through 11 countries), set in 2012. After setting the record, “I felt empty still,” he says. “I wanted three things: raise more money for charity, find my mental and physical limits and then discover what happens when I find them.” The feat, which ultra-distance expert Rich Roll called “as close to impossible as I can imagine,” began on June 6 in Hawaii. Lawrence shared some of the details behind achieving his incredible goal.

Reaction from communities:
“Unbelievable support—they took us in and treated us like their own. They made sure I stayed safe and my wife and kids were entertained. We were blown away. … The country really came out to support this journey.”

Mental tip:
“Find your why or don’t show up. Mine is my kids. I put on a structured 5K every day we were out there [at the end of each marathon] and my 12-year-old daughter did 50 5K’s in 50 days through all 50 states. I wasn’t going to miss my 7 p.m. appointment with my daughter every day.”

Most difficult states:
Day #7 in Arizona: “My body was still adjusting and I developed a crippling case of pitting edema. My body was shutting down. It was ugly and I didn’t think I was going to be able to start the following day. … [I also] cut my foot on the rocks getting into the water, had to do the swim with one arm due to a pulled shoulder, rode the bike with my feet on top of my bike shoes due to my feet swelling and shoe discomfort, then [unintentionally] biked an additional 3 miles to total 115.”

Day #18 in Tennessee: Lawrence fell asleep while riding and crashed his bike, leaving him with an injured hip and road rash that affected the entire next day. He struggled through the swim and bike, and his coach recommended he run his 26.2 miles on the elliptical to protect his injury. Any official attempt to set a new world record for most consecutive iron-distance triathlons was nullified by what Lawrence’s crew jokingly calls “Ellipticalgate.” He also received criticism from followers for running the marathon on the elliptical.

His cause:
Lawrence used his journey as a platform for raising awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic. As a father of five, he’s especially sensitive to setting a healthy example of eating and an active lifestyle for his kids, and he encouraged supporters to donate to the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation because “his message resonated with me.” The nonprofit organization encourages healthy eating habits and developing cooking skills for children and families as a way to fight obesity, and Lawrence hoped with his daily group 5K during his marathon that he could inspire people to be more active.

What’s next:
“I am spending time with my family,” he says. Also, keep your eyes out for his book and documentary chronicling his journey.

RELATED: 50 Iron-Distance Triathlons, 50 States, 50 Days

By the Numbers

9,000+ Number of calories consumed per day
Swam 120 miles, biked 5,602 miles, ran 1,310 miles
4 hours: Average sleep time per night
15 hours: Average time moving per day

Full-time crew:
8 people, which included his wife and five kids, and two “wingmen.” A film documentary crew of 3–4 people were in and out, his chiropractor came four of the seven weekends, and friends dropped in to support throughout.

 

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Loving Right Now: Skratch Labs Cookie Mix http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/11/nutrition/loving-right-now-skratch-labs-cookie-mix_126357 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/11/nutrition/loving-right-now-skratch-labs-cookie-mix_126357#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:56:53 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=126357

Mix up your energy bar routine with Skratch Labs Cookie Mix, which has a list of just seven simple ingredients.

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Mix up your energy bar routine with Skratch Labs Cookie Mix ($8.50, Skratchlabs.com), which has a list of just seven simple ingredients—fewer than a lot of sports nutrition bars. To make, the mix only requires an egg, a stick of butter and a cup of your favorite mix-ins, such as fruit, nuts or chocolate chips. Made with cinnamon and oats, the cookies have an oatmeal raisin-esque flavor and, when individually wrapped, are tasty homemade snacks to fuel rides. Or consider them an easy solution to bringing dessert to a fall party! Some of Skratch’s favorite mix-in suggestions: raspberries with white chocolate and almonds, peanut or almond butter with Nutella, savory-sweet bacon with maple syrup and chocolate chips, or bananas and blueberries.

RELATED – 2015 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Nutrition

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Multisport Menu: Our Favorite Bars http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/11/nutrition/multisport-menu-our-favorite-bars_126273 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/11/nutrition/multisport-menu-our-favorite-bars_126273#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:51:26 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=126273

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The Triathlete staff has tried a lot of bars over the years, and after putting more bars through our taste testing process, these six all

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The Triathlete staff has tried a lot of bars over the years, and after putting more bars through our taste testing process, these six all got the thumbs-up from our testers.

CLIF Organic Trail Mix Bar

There’s “a lot going on in there,” said one taste tester—in a good way! These USDA-certified organic fruit and nut bars feature ingredients such as almonds, wild blueberries and coconut and have a satisfying nutty crispiness (Wild Blueberry Almond won the taste test). A perfect filling snack for traveling, they’re gluten-free and only 200 calories. $1.69, Clifbar.com

Perfect Bar

TOP PICK!
These nut butter and honey-based bars were the hands-down taste test winner, thanks to their crumbly peanut butter cookie-like texture and nutty-sweet taste. The staff favorite flavor, almond butter, is like “a more justified way to eat a spoonful of almond butter,” said one tester, thanks to the organic honey plus a long list of superfood ingredients, such as kale and kelp. The blend of carbs and protein (and crave-able taste) make it a perfect post-workout recovery food.
$2.69, Perfectbar.com

PowerBar Harvest Energy Bar

The newly updated Harvest bars, with cleaner ingredients and new packaging, provide energy during workouts. The staff favorite strawberry crunch flavor is made with roasted almonds and peanuts plus rolled oats and honey in a PB&J-like flavor combo. The texture is light and crispy, like a cereal bar, and is dipped in a yogurt-like coating (others have a chocolate coating).
$1.00, Powerbar.com

GoMacro MacroBar

The dried cherries, cranberries and raisins in the Sunny Uplift flavor combine with gluten-free oats, almond butter and puffed brown rice for a sweet (and healthful) treat with a soft, chewy texture. All MacroBars are vegan, non-GMO, USDA-certified organic and are made with only whole-food ingredients.
$2.89, Gomacro.com

Kinetic Koffee Gearhead Go-Bar

Baked at Kinetic Koffee in Northern California, these handmade bars have just eight ingredients, including walnuts and honey, and taste just like a buttery pie crust (probably because they contain butter). They’re deliciously sweet and rich, and their high carb content makes them great fuel for bike rides (these bars have a higher fat content, however).
$3.50, Kinetic-koffee.com

Mrs. Barr’s Gourmet Granola Barrs

We love the “oatiness” of these granola bars, which are handmade in small batches. Testers enjoyed both the original N-Barr as well as the dark chocolate-slathered D-Barr, both of which have a delicious coconut flavor and aren’t too sweet. With oats and locally sourced honey, they make a tasty pre-workout snack.
$21 for six, Mrsbarrsnaturalfoods.com

RELATED – 2015 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Nutrition

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Veteran Eric McElvenny Going After Amputee Ironman Record http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/11/news/veteran-eric-mcelvenny-going-after-amputee-ironman-record_125937 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/11/news/veteran-eric-mcelvenny-going-after-amputee-ironman-record_125937#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2015 20:57:45 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=125937

Eric McElvenny at the 2013 Seal Sprint triathlon. Photo: James Cassimus

McElvenny, who has benefited from the work of the CAF’s Operation Rebound, will be on Ironman Arizona start line in Tempe this weekend.

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After an IED (improvised explosive device) caused Marine Eric McElvenny to lose his right leg below the knee in Afghanistan, he found a new outlet through triathlon. Now living in San Diego with his wife, a former sailor whom he met while they were both attending the U.S. Naval Academy, and his two daughters, ages 9 and 2, McElvenny has already been able to accomplish his dream of racing in the Ironman World Championship, which he did as part of the 2013 Got Chocolate Milk? campaign with former NFL player Hines Ward. But he’s not stopping there—McElvenny hopes to break the amputee Ironman record as well as one day qualify for Kona in his age group (not as a paratriathlete). McElvenny, who has benefited from the work of the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Operation Rebound, will be on Ironman Arizona start line in Tempe this weekend, and we caught up with him to find out a little bit more about his future triathlon goals and what Veterans Day means to him.

Triathlete.com: Can you tell me a little bit about your military career and what that meant to you?

Eric McElvenny: I knew I wanted to be in the military. It started in the eighth grade actually. We had to do a career research report, and I actually did it on the Marine Corps. I knew I wanted to be a Marine. … I played sports in high school and I did well in school, and my grandfather, he was an army Korean War veteran—he was the one who recommended checking out the United States Naval Academy. You go, get an education, get paid to play sports and become a Marine. So I did that—I went to the Naval Academy. I played rugby there. I studied mechanical engineering, and my wife did too—that’s kind of how we met. And then I graduated in 2006, and did about a year’s worth of training to become an infantry officer. I did that training in Quantico, Va. Then I was sent to a unit on Camp Pendleton, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine, and I did three deployments with them. So the first two deployments were on a ship, and we just went out and went to a couple different countries … and then my third deployment, I went to Afghanistan. And in Afghanistan, that was when I was hurt.

But in general, being in the military, it was a dream for me. It was something I wanted to do. … I wanted to be a part of that. And you know, when I was a Marine, I was proud. I was an infantry guy, a grunt, but that was special to me. I wanted to be that person on the front lines doing that. It was a great opportunity. I was in the Marine Corps, so it was like family. … It was really cool, some of the floats I went on, the experiences that I had. I probably went to 15 different countries and did a ton of stuff and had a lot of different leadership opportunities. It was such a big part of who I am—everything that I learned while serving.

Triathlete.com: How did you get hurt in Afghanistan?

McElvenny: I was on foot patrol, so we were walking around the village, and I stepped on an improvised explosive device, and it blew up. They amputated my right leg below the knee, it did damage to my left leg. … That was November 2011.

Triathlete.com: Once you lost your leg, what motivated you to get going and start doing triathlons?

McElvenny: I think it was a couple of different things. One is my daughter was 5 years old at that time, and she was just so positive. She never looked at me any differently. Before I left for that deployment, she thought of me as Superman, and when I came back, even though I was in a hospital bed with no leg, on medication, she still looked at me like I was Superman. I was like, ‘Wow.’ I guess it was her expectation of me—I figured I had to do something. And then there was my boss, who was in Afghanistan still, about a week and a half after my injury—I was still in the hospital bed—he sent me an email asking me when I was going to run my first marathon. And that was like, ‘Oh man.’ I guess it kind of helped me flip a switch—instead of feeling bad about myself, let’s start thinking about the future. And because he challenged me to run a marathon, I had to one-up him—I decided that one of my goals was Ironman.

RELATED: Hines Ward Takes On Kona

Triathlete.com: How did you get involved with CAF?

McElvenny: I had set a goal to run in an Ironman, and that was even before I had thought about getting a prosthetic leg. But my prosthetist—he was tied into CAF a little bit. Nico Marcolongo is with CAF, and he runs the Operation Rebound program, which is with veterans. … I met him early on, and once I met him and they found out what my goal was, they just began to support me. It’s a great relationship. They sent me to triathlon camp, signed me up for my first sprint triathlon. And then, just every step of the way, they’ve continued to support me—with getting mentors or equipment or race entries or whatever. They were just great.

Triathlete.com: Do you have any future goals for triathlon?

McElvenny: I guess I have two big ones. One is to become the amputee record holder for Ironman. And the other one is—I don’t know how or when, but I really want to qualify in my age group in an Ironman to qualify for Kona. That one’s a little further out, I’m trying to figure that one out. But becoming the amputee record holder—it’s 9:57 right now. I’m racing Arizona [this weekend]. I had a few setbacks, so I think it’s going to be closer to 10:30, but hopefully in the next year I can get down under 10 and get there. But I’ve really been enjoying triathlon and Ironman.

Triathlete.com: What does Veterans Day mean to you?

McElvenny: It’s special because it just shows how the people in our country support veterans now. Coming home with an injury from Afghanistan, I was treated like a hero, like a rockstar, and that’s a lot different than the Vietnam veterans had. We’ve made such amazing progress there. I’m definitely proud of serving our country. It’s a special opportunity where people take the extra effort to thank veterans. You realize that there’s still—right now there’s guys in military, men and women, who are overseas, keeping us safe right now. So it’s an opportunity to honor what they’re doing as well. Now that I’m on the other side, retired and out of the military—don’t forget that someone is sacrificing time away from their family to protect us.

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Sneak Peek: Triathlete Magazine’s December 2015 Issue http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/11/photos/sneak-peek-triathlete-magazines-december-2015-issue_125908 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/11/photos/sneak-peek-triathlete-magazines-december-2015-issue_125908#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:03:58 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=125908

Go beyond the finish line and behind the scenes of the 2015 Ironman World Championship with our December 2015 Kona wrap-up issue.

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TriathlEats: Warm Butternut Squash And Quinoa Salad http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/11/nutrition/triathleats-warm-butternut-squash-and-quinoa-salad_125434 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/11/nutrition/triathleats-warm-butternut-squash-and-quinoa-salad_125434#comments Wed, 04 Nov 2015 18:54:05 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=125434

Warm Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad
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This simple but flavorful salad complements any fall menu.

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This simple but flavorful salad complements any fall menu.

Ingredients

1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced
2 large leaves curly kale, stem removed, chopped
1 cup quinoa, uncooked
2 cups chicken stock
½ cup walnuts, chopped
½ cup dried cranberries
1 T feta cheese, crumbled
Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Cook the quinoa in chicken stock for approximately 20 minutes, stirring often. You’ll know it’s cooked when the grains start to open up. Remove from heat and let cool. In a sauté pan, cook the butternut squash in olive oil, then add the kale a few minutes later. Cook until the squash is tender and kale is wilted. In a different pan, add the walnuts and toast for a few minutes. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Mix in dried cranberries, then sprinkle crumbled feta cheese on top, and serve warm.

Notes from the Chef

Packed with protein and fiber, this is a perfect salad after a long ride, says chef Sonia Cuevas. Also consider adding it to your Thanksgiving menu as a healthy side dish to balance out all the high-calorie foods on the dinner table.

RELATED: 4 Ways To Use Butternut Squash

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3 Probiotic Products For Triathletes http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/10/photos/3-probiotic-products-for-triathletes_124688 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/10/photos/3-probiotic-products-for-triathletes_124688#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2015 20:23:26 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=124688

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These all serve up a dose of beneficial bacteria to keep your body running on all cylinders.

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Think beyond yogurt with these three probiotic products, which all serve up a dose of beneficial bacteria to keep your body running on all cylinders.

Maintaining a healthy GI tract helps prevent not only a rumbly stomach and bathroom issues, but it also keeps the immune system strong (in fact, 70 percent of your immune system is in your GI tract!), which is especially key for endurance athletes.

Attune Brand Probiotic Chocolate Bar

Really? Probiotic chocolate? We were skeptical too, but the shelf-stable probiotics in this bar don’t alter its delicious taste. Available in a creamy milk chocolate crisp with crunchy puffed rice (the taste test winner), dark chocolate, and toasted coconut (made with dark chocolate), this bar delivers 4 billion CFU (colony forming units) of probiotics per 3-ounce bar. All three flavors are high in calcium and fiber, but it’s still chocolate, after all—the sugar and fat content mean it’s best to save for a treat (and perhaps not your daily source of probiotics). $4.99, Attunebrand.com

RELATED: Can Probiotics Help With My Training?

GoodBelly PlusShot

Get your daily vitamins plus probiotics in just a few fruity sips from these mini bottles (with a happy face-shaped opening, no less!). The shots have a juice-like texture and come in four delicious flavors (the mango was the test favorite) with a slight hint of the barley malt and oat ingredients. Each organic shot contains vitamins (A, B, C and E) and calcium, plus 20 billion CFU of probiotics. The dairy-free ingredients make it a probiotics option for lactose-intolerant athletes. $3.99 for four, Goodbelly.com

RELATED: What Should I Eat Before A Morning Workout?

Sound Probiotics Sport Formula

This supplement is the first probiotic that utilizes strains of bacteria that have been shown to be beneficial for athletes specifically. Each serving contains 25 billion CFU of probiotics plus 150 milligrams of prebiotics, an indigestible food ingredient that helps stimulate probiotic numbers and function. The capsule itself features targeted release technology so that the probiotics are released in the gut and aren’t destroyed by stomach acid. Sound recommends taking your daily dose with a recovery drink after a workout, as probiotics have also been shown to aid amino acid uptake in the gut. $32 for 30-serving bottle, Soundprobiotics.com

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